New York Yankees Acquire Eric Hinske…

The New York Yankees today acquired Eric Hinske from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Eric Freyer and Casey Erickson.

Hinske, who won the American League Rookie of the Year with the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2002 when he hit .279 with 24 HR’s and 84 RBI, is now more a utility player than anything else. Hinske has played first, third and rightfield for the Pirates this year. Hinske was hitting .255 with one HR and 11 RBI in 54 games.

Hinske is headed to NY

Hinske is headed to NY

This is a good move for the Yankees, as Hinske will provide some lefthanded pop off the bench (Hinske did hit 20 HR’s for the Tampa Bay Rays last year) and he can fill in for Nick Swisher in right and for Alex Rodriguez at third.

The two players the Yankees gave up were in Low-A ball. Eric Freyer was hitting .250 for Low-A Charleston and Casey Erickson had a 2.25 ERA for the same team.

The Pirates will also send cash to the Yankees as well.

On a side note to this trade. When I heard that a New York team acquired Eric Hinske, I was certain it would have been the Mets. Where were they on this? Hinske would have been a guy who would have been perfect for what the Mets need now – A professional hitter, who can play a couple of positions.

Instead the Mets are rolling out minor league players, who have no business being on a major league roster. Unreal.

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